Who We are
The Bay Academy Montessori Pre-School offers an authentic Montessori environment for children during their first “plane of development”. Guiding children from 18 months to 6 years of age. We focus on the foundations of exploratory learning, sharing and communicating. Our educators are heart-centered and mindful guides. They strive to connect with every child, and are passionate about developing a love of learning, self-awareness and respect for others.
Beautiful, natural, child-centered learning environments.
Our beautiful eco-friendly classrooms are designed to offer small personal classes with a maximum of 18 children per class. Each environment is equipped with authentic, true Montessori materials as well as individual gardens, offering both the natural flow of an indoor, outdoor classroom experience. The grounds have safe, supervised natural spaces for play; and convenient parking and drop and go facilities. We invite you to come to visit our school and learn more about our philosophy for preparing your child for their schooling journey.
The Montessori Ethos
“…in our schools, which have an environment adapted to children’s needs, they say, ‘Help me to do it alone.’” Maria Montessori —
The Secret of Childhood
For more than a century now, the child-focused approach that Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, developed for educating children has been transforming schools around the globe.
As soon as you enter a classroom, you know that something different is afoot. Montessori classrooms are immediately recognizable. You will see children working independently and in groups, often with specially designed learning materials; deeply engaged in their work; and respectful of themselves and their surroundings.
The Montessori Method fosters rigorous, self-motivated growth for children and adolescents in all areas of their development—cognitive, emotional, social, and physical.
Montessori education is student-led and self-paced but guided, assessed, and enriched by knowledgeable and caring teachers, the leadership of their peers, and a nurturing environment.
Within the community of a multi-age classroom—designed to create natural opportunities for independence, citizenship, and accountability—children embrace multi-sensory learning and passionate inquiry. Individual students follow their own curiosity at their own pace, taking the time they need to fully understand each concept and meet individualized learning goals.
Given the freedom and support to question, probe deeply, and make connections, Montessori students grow up to be confident, enthusiastic, and self-directed learners and citizens, accountable to both themselves and their community. They think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly and with integrity. What better outcome could you wish for your children?
The first six years of a child’s life are widely known as the formative years as they build the fundamental character of every person. In these years, children become aware of themselves as individuals, start to understand the needs of others and are beginning to find their place in the environment and time they grow up in. Learning in these years happens consistently, spontaneously and effortless.
Montessori described this period (0-6 years of age) as the Absorbent Mind stage, where children simply absorb all information they receive through their senses and store them first in their subconscious and later in their conscious mind. During this stage of development, children find themselves particularly drawn to specific parts of the environment or certain ways of learning.
Montessori described this as the urge of nature that leads children naturally to create themselves and adapt to their environment. These specific sensitive periods exist only in the Absorbent mind stage. They are identified as the sensitive period for movement, order, refinement of the senses, attention to small objects, language and social aspects of culture.
The Montessori environment is specifically designed to give children the opportunity to fulfil these sensitive periods when they arise in the child.
The primary goal of a Montessori programme is to help each child reach their full potential in all areas of life. By using both concrete teaching materials and a well-defined innovative curriculum tailored to a three-year cycle. Activities promote the development of social skills, emotional growth and physical coordination, and cognitive preparation. In addition, the holistic curriculum allows the child to experience the joy of learning and develop self-esteem and independence. This is referred to as the “Whole child approach”.
For self-directed learning to take place, the whole learning environment – room, materials and social climate – must be supportive of the learner. Montessori operates on the principle of “freedom within boundaries”. Every environment has its set of ground rules which differs from age to age but is always based on core Montessori beliefs: respect for each other and for the environment.
The Directress provides necessary resources, including opportunities for children to function in a safe and positive climate. The Directress thus gains the children’s trust, which enables them to try new things and build self-confidence. Our Staff follows “Montessori principles” as they structure new activities for the classroom.
This is one of the most important concepts. The work cycle represents one of Maria Montessori’s earliest observations about children’s development: that, left uninterrupted, children would process through a regular and predictable pattern of engagement. The pace of the classroom, then, is ideally matched to the development of the child when the day’s schedule allows for three-hours of uninterrupted time in the prepared environment.
The children at The Bay Montessori look forward to their lunchtime meal, which is prepared with care by our kitchen staff. Lunches are enjoyed in each class in a homely way, as a family, with the children dishing up and washing their dishes afterwards. They love the home cooked warm dishes and are delighted by the ‘rainbow foods’ (fruit and vegetables) that accompany each meal.
We only use free range meats, chicken and eggs, and organic ingredients as far as possible.
We do cater for special dietary needs.
Please note: If your child is not signed up to receive our cooked lunches, your child will be encouraged to fetch their own lunch from their bags to join their peers for the lunchtime gathering.
A Message From
The Head of Pre-Primary
The Montessori ethos is based on the proven fact that children learn through understanding and doing rather than being told. This manifests into a confidence and joy in learning among children as they develop self-belief, satisfaction in success and improve their abilities as problem solvers. In our authentic Montessori environments, you will find materials that are carefully designed to help children understand processes, more importantly, to enable them to work out ways of correcting themselves, without being told how to do so. Children are nurtured and guided towards a positive, love for learning.
What Parents are Saying
“We have never seen a school give such specific and thoughtful feedback to our child’s development.
Every single staff member exudes care, interest and excitement towards all the children. Our son runs onto the school premises most days.
One of our greatest delights of our sons schooling is he is almost unaware that he is learning, to him he is simply having fun, to us we are blown away by what he regales us with.”
Parents: Brad and Lydia
“We were blessed with two beautiful kids. Our son started at MMES when he was 2 and a half years old in 2019 and is now 4 and a half. We have weathered COVID lockdown, online circle time as well as the transition with the new management of the school. Our son was so content at MMES that it made our decision to also send our daughter to MMES quite effortless. Our daughter attends the schools toddler class. She was quite reserved at first but since starting here, she has blossomed and both my son and daughter’s vocabulary has expanded tremendously. I am so comforted to see that my little babies love to learn and do so without force and are filled with joy and excitement.
I think one of the biggest positive factors for my kids is the learning environment focusses on each child individually and teaches them through play.
I’m very impressed with the community and transparency factor. Even now with COVID… and the bigger kids having to wear their masks and the distancing aspect, the atmosphere is still warm and wonderful. My kids go to school happy every morning and when I pick them up, they have always had the best time and excited to tell me about their day.